SESSION 4:
Why protest?  Why now?


Keywords: social change, civil rights, protest movements


We are at a turning point. Things are rapidly changing around
us at a very vulnerable moment. This week we use our sources
to navigate through questions of rights and freedoms in the
midst of institutional panic and emergency measures.
How is our world (dys)functioning and are we satisfied with it?   


Core reference:


Never Waste a Crisis: A Practical Guide? By Sundhya Pahuja and Jeremy Baskin,  Law and the Political, March 20, 2020.

To watch/listen:


What's behind protest movements around the world? CBSN brief

How to Beat Coronavirus Capitalism


Extra references:


The pandemic as political trial: the case for a global commons By Max Haiven

‘The pandemic is a portal’ By Arundhati Roy, Financial Times, April 3, 2020.

In Practice, there are Two Pandemics: One for the Well-Off and One for the Poor
By Rodrigo Fracalossi de Moraes, Global Policies, March 20, 2020.

Against Agamben: Is a Democratic Biopolitics Possible? By Panagiotis Sotiris, March 14, 2020.

Coronavirus chilling protests in Chile, Hong Kong, Iraq, Lebanon, India By Anthony Faiola, Lindzi Wessel and Shibani Mahtani, April 4, 2020.



Reading guide // Discussion questions to prepare:


  • How have protest movements been affected in different ways and in different parts of the world by the current pandemic (consider, for example, environmental activists, civil rights movements, gender equality action groups, NGOs)
  • What is your imagination of our post-pandemic world?

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